The project “European Flirt-Expert” aimed to contribute to the prevention of sexualized violence, especially sexualized infringements among adolescents. International studies and criminal statistics show, that a majority of sexualized infringements are committed by young people on young people.
The reasons are complex and based – among other things – on a lack of sex education, a culture of boarder-violations, traditional gender roles and a lack of possibilities for adolescents to deal with issues like love, relationship, sexuality, to develop a positive attitude and to face competent representatives with their questions.
The consequences of sexualized violence are complex and individually different. They can appear over the short to media and long term, they can manifest in psychic and physical level. The consequences could influence the whole life time. Problems in relationships, sexual malfunctions, addiction diseases, adjustment disorders, depressions, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, etc. affect the life of many adults which experienced sexualized violence in their childhood.
In this context the benefit of preventative measures is not just individual but also enormous from a macroeconomic point of view. This fact is taken into account in other parts of health prevention for a long time.
The Project “European Flirt-Expert” is based on the interaction of science and practice. As contribution to prevention science a survey about the sexual health of adolescents was conducted. The survey allows insights in the living conditions of adolescents, in their experiences and needs. Through this survey the situation in the different countries can be compared and needed actions like the increasing of preventative measures and sex education, the implementation of adult education or special institutes for prevention could be recognized. The survey can and should be the base for further international projects and cooperation.
The project was implemented in Austria (Graz), Poland (Grodzisk Mazowiecki), Rumania (Bucarest) and Spain (Barcelona).